It’s that time of year again: college basketball fanatics start betting on their March Madness brackets to predict who will play in the Final Four and seize the National Champion title.
The excitement is just getting started, especially in Kentucky – where Democrat Attorney General Jack Conway is gunning to be its next Governor and whose undefeated University team holds the #1 seat in the NCAA.
But here at I Agree to See, we political junkies are already looking ahead to 2016 – and the folks over at Washington Post have set up their own Presidential nomination bracket for GOP and Democratic candidates.
Take a look and read their post below. Let us know what you think in the comments.
The play-in. Play-in games in the NCAA tournament were invented mostly as a way to keep people who support the 65th and 66th, etc., teams from complaining about being excluded from the bracket. Plus, it allows broadcasters to show more games, which means more advertising revenue. (What kind of sickos would generate unnecessary content simply for the sake of hopefully luring lots of public attention?) Point being: These are teams that will not win and, often, that no one has ever heard of. So in our bracket: It’s John Bolton versus Carly Fiorina.
1-versus-play-in. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is leading in a number of polls, so we gave him the top slot. He’d compete against the winner of the Bolton-Fiorina match-up.
2-versus-15. Jeb Bush takes on Chris Christie. You might think that we’re ranking Christie — a governor who is not terribly popular in his home state, who still governs under a cloud from the bridge thing, and who has been awfully slow to get out of the gate on starting a presidential bid — fairly low here. You are welcome to think that. We also seeded him against Bush because they are natural opponents in the same general space, and Bush, by most visible measures, is crushing him.
3-versus-14. Rand Paul takes on John Kasich. It’s a battle of the Ohio River, which Paul will win in part because Kasich still isn’t super likely to actually run.
4-versus-13. Marco Rubio battles Lindsey Graham. This is a very high seeding for Graham, but I think it’s fair to consider both him and Rubio as sort-of question marks. Rubio always seems to be poised on the edge of a bubble of support; Graham’s heavy rotation on the Sunday shows is a wild card. Should be a good match-up — which, again, is not actually a real match-up that will happen, sadly.
5-versus-12. Ben Carson versus Rick Santorum. 2016’s populist favorite takes on 2012’s. Both men are adept at saying things that endear them to the base and enrage the opposition, so this would be fun.
6-versus-11. Mike Huckabee takes on Donald Trump. It’s a battle of two of the Republican Party’s most freewheeling capitalists!
7-versus-10. Rick Perry versus Mark Everson. (Versus who?) This is the well, I might as well run for president match-up. Why is Everson ranked so high? Because of our scientific calculations is why.
8-versus-9. Ted Cruz battles Sarah Palin. Imagine this debate. Imagine if these two debated, and then Republican primary voters got to vote for either of them immediately afterward. I think we can all agree that this would be 1) great TV and 2) a vast improvement over the current system.
So that’s the Republican side. Now for something completely different.
The play-in. Former Virginia senator Jim Webb takes on Vermin Supreme, a perennial candidate who wears a boot as a hat. Should be close.
1-versus-no-one-for-a-while. Hillary Clinton, the No. 1 seed, gets a free pass to the finals. Why? Because you try and find 16 Democrats who are running. Also: Because of polls.
2-versus-no-one. Elizabeth Warren gets the No. 2 seed, even though she has repeatedly said she will not compete. Too bad, Warren. And have fun automatically advancing to round two.
3-versus-no-one. Joe Biden gets a bye, which he’s earned simply by virtue of providing us with so much entertainment over the years.
4-versus-no-one. Someone TBD gets a first round bye. Who is this? Who knows. Maybe Al Gore! (It won’t be Al Gore.) But we figured it made sense to save a space, just in case.
5-versus-play-in. Martin O’Malley, seeded just below the unnamed mystery person, will match up against the winner of Webb-Supreme. Then he gets to face-off against Elizabeth Warren, who will beat him even though she still isn’t playing.
And that’s it. Those are the Democrats. Exciting.